Friday, January 30, 2015

NEW ARTIST NEWS: TROY CARTWRIGHT TO RELEASE DEBUT FULL LENGTH ALBUM ON FEBRUARY 3

Debut self-titled full length album via Sony RED Distribution on February 3


"Troy Cartwright’s new, self-titled album is his first, but it plays like his 50th. There’s an ease and a polish to these country tunes belying Cartwright’s relative youth" 
- Fort Worth Star Telgram

Named by the Dallas Observer as one of five acts to watch in 2015, Troy Cartwright is already making a name for himself as a rising songsmith from the South. Troy was selected as the winner of the 25th annual B. W. Stevenson Songwriting Competition, and is the recipient of the 2014 Rising Star Texas Music Award. Couple these accolades with a degree in music from the prestigious Berklee in Boston and it’s safe to say the young early-twenty something Dallas Texan is well on his way.

Troy began crafting his own songs after realizing, "It's the one thing nobody ever told me to do."  After surviving high school, he spent time in Boston, Hershey, PA, and New York City before graduating from the Berklee College of Music. It was at Berklee, under the tutelage of lyric writing professor Pat Pattison, whose former students include Gillian Welch and John Mayer, that Troy
surrendered to his muse and decided to pursue songwriting as a career.

After a brief stint as a wedding singer in the Northeast, and a series of tours across the US and Europe, he returned back to his native Texas to write and record his first EP, Bull Run. Troy enlisted a team of heavyweights from the local Dallas and Texas country scene including Grammy winner Lloyd Maines on pedal steel. This collection of songs, including the nostalgic "Sixteen" and familiar sounding "Coffee in the Morning and Whiskey at Night," was released in June of 2013.

Since then, Troy has shared the stage with artists like Radney Foster, American Aquarium, Chris Knight, Slaid Cleaves, John Fullbright, Jason Boland, Jason Eady, the Band of Heathens, The Damn Quails, Max Stalling, and Zane Williams. With his new album, Troy is hoping to gain a foothold in the Texas music scene and beyond.

Recorded with Grammy nominated producer Wes Sharon (John Fullbright, Turnpike Troubadours, Parker Milsap) at his studio in Norman, Oklahoma, the album features nine honest, raw self-penned tracks. The lead single is "Next Flight Home" which you can check out in the video at the top of the article.

Find out more about this bright emerging artist at http://troycartwright.com/

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